Having red, swollen, tender gums isn’t only a nuisance; it’s a sign of gum disease that leads to serious complications if left untreated. When caught early, you can reverse the initial stages of gum disease with the right treatment at Dr. K Dental, located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York. The dental team thoroughly cleans your teeth and gums to reduce plaque and bacteria; they can also treat gum disease surgically. Call Dr. K Dental to learn more or book an appointment online.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection in the gums and other tissues that support your teeth. The buildup of plaque and tartar over time causes gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include:
See a dentist at Dr. K Dental as soon as you experience these symptoms to treat gum disease and prevent serious complications, such as tooth loss.
The two stages of gum disease are:
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that affects just your gums. Reversal is possible with proper treatment before the disease becomes severe.
If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which results when bacteria penetrate into deeper tissue pockets. Periodontitis can attack bone and membranes that support your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.
About half of adults in the United States have gum disease. Certain factors increase your risk of developing it, such as:
Seeking treatment at the first sign of gum disease is the best way to prevent complications associated with the disease.
Your gum disease treatment plan at Dr. K Dental is based on the amount of deterioration present in your teeth, gums, and supporting tissue. Your dentist takes digital X-rays and completes a thorough periodontal exam using an intraoral camera to establish the best next steps. They might suggest:
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical treatments for gum disease. Your provider removes tartar and plaque from tooth surfaces and beneath the gums. Getting rid of destructive bacteria reduces future plaque buildup.
In more severe cases of gum disease, your dentist might recommend surgical treatments using local anesthesia and a laser for better precision and accuracy. Pocket reduction exposes tooth roots for more effective scaling and root planing. Your provider may use soft tissue grafts to regenerate a receding gum line.
They may also surgically expose deep tissue and use bone grafts, membranes, or proteins to stimulate bone regeneration and enhance your body’s natural ability to reverse gum disease damage. Your dentist reshapes excess gum and bone tissue to create a natural-looking appearance.
Don’t let gum disease progress to the point of gum recession and tooth loss. Call Dr. K Dental for an appointment today or book one online.